Samantha Baskind, Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Art & Design
 Office: MB 233
 Phone: 216-687-2096
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MB 233, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
art, art history, Jewish art, American art, modern art, Holocaust studies, Jewish studies, comics and graphic novels
Ph.D., Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
M.A., Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
B.A., Art History and English, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
Brief Bio:
Samantha Baskind joined the faculty at CSU in August 2004, before which she taught at the University of Miami (where she held a joint appointment in art history and Judaic studies), James Madison University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Her courses include Twentieth-Century Art, American Visual Culture, and Nineteenth-Century Art, and her most recent seminars are American Art and the Great Depression, Art and the Holocaust, and Jewish American Art and Culture.

Her research focuses on twentieth-century American art and culture and the role of the Jewish American artist in the modern world. Presentations on these subjects have been made at the annual conferences of the College Art Association, Association for Jewish Studies, American Culture Association, Southeastern College Art Association, World Congress of Jewish Studies (in Israel), American Academy of Religion, and Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. She has also lectured widely at universities, museums, and congregations throughout the United States and abroad, including Stanford University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Oxford University (England), University of Graz (Austria), SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospoleczny (Poland), and Bar Ilan University (Israel), among many others.

Her book, Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (2004), was funded by grants from the Terra Foundation for the Arts and American Council of Learned Societies, the Jewish Historical Society of New York, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, in addition to receiving a Koret Jewish Studies Publications Program award. She is sole author of Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists (2007), a 2006-7 College and Research Libraries selected reference work. A co-edited volume with Ranen Omer-Sherman, The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, came out in 2008. Jewish Art: A Modern History, coauthored with Larry Silver was published in 2011. Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America (2014) considers the proliferation of biblical themes by Jewish painters, printmakers, sculptors, and book illustrators. This book has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Her most recently published book, The Warsaw Ghetto in American Art and Culture (2018), examines the ghetto's diverse meanings in American culture by paying close attention to how its story has been told, retold, and remembered in fine art, book illustrations, film, television, radio, theater, fiction, poetry, and comics. Recent articles have appeared in American Art, History of Photography, Winterthur Portfolio, and Jewish Social Studies, among other venues. Baskind served as editor for U.S. art for the 26-volume revised edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (2006) and is also the editor of Pennsylvania State University Press's book series: "Dimyonot: Jews and the Cultural Imagination."
Honors and Awards:
-Research grant, Southern Jewish Historical Society (Fall 2019)

-Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible: named as one of the top ten art events in Northeast Ohio for 2016 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

-Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible and Archie Rand: The Book of Judith, combined shows, featured by the Forward as one of the top Jewish cultural moments of 2016, throughout the United States:

-Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Cleveland State University (2014)

-Fellowship, 2013 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for University Faculty, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Washington, D.C. (Summer 2013)

-Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2013)

-Fellowship, Seventeenth Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, Holocaust Educational Foundation, Northwestern University (Summer 2012)

-Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities (2009-10)

-Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, publication subvention, Jewish Art: A Modern History (April 2010)

-Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Grant (2008)

-Cleveland State University Faculty Research Development Award (2007-9)

-Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists, a College and Research Libraries Selected Reference Work, 2006-7 (September 2007)

-Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, publication subvention, The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (September 2007)

-Fellowship, Society for the Preservation of American Modernists (Summer 2005)

-Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture fellowship (Summer 2004)

-Koret Jewish Studies Publications Program Award for Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (July 2003)

-Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, publication subvention for color plates, Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (December 2002)

-Visiting Fellow, Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, University of Miami (2002-03)

-American Council of Learned Societies/Terra Foundation for the Arts Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in American Art (2000-01)

-UNC Art Department Non-Service Dissertation Grant (1999-2000)

-UNC Graduate School Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship (Spring 1999)

-Malcolm H. Stern Dissertation Fellowship, Jewish Historical Society of New York (Fall 1998)

-UNC Graduate School Educational Enhancement Award (Spring 1997)

-Full tuition and stipend fellowship, UNC Art Department (1994-2000)
Professional Affiliations:
-Association of Historians of American Art
-Association for Jewish Studies
-College Art Association
-Southern Jewish Historical Society